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Insulate Britain protester arrested for blocking the M25 is married to a TfL boss worth £170,000 a year

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Revealed: Highway-disrupting protester Insulate Britain arrested multiple times for causing travel chaos is married to £170,000-a-year TfL boss responsible for keeping public transport moving

  • Cathy Eastburn is an Insulate Britain protester who plans to unleash ‘hell’ on the roads
  • She has been arrested several times in blockades and with Extinction Rebellion
  • Now revealed she is married to Ben Plowden, a director of Transport for London
  • TfL’s services have been hit hard by both Insulate Britain and XR
  • Ms Eastburn has also allowed activist David McKenny to stay at their £1.5million South London family home










An Insulate Britain protester arrested for blocking the M25 is the wife of a director of Transport for London, it has been revealed.

Cathy Eastburn, 54, has vowed to ‘unleash hell’ on drivers, even though her husband is public transport boss Benedict Plowden, 58.

Ms Eastburn has been arrested several times during M25 blockades with fringe group Insulate Britain and for other activities with Extinction Rebellion.

Her antics recently became the subject of a Supreme Court order by TfL, meaning she could face jail time if she tries to rejoin a blockade.

And £170,000 a year Mr Plowden, who was charged with the Covid Restart and Recovery Scheme, has also been accused of ‘housing’ another eco-extremist in the South London home the couple share.

Cathy Eastburn stuck herself on the roof of a DLR train at London’s Canary Wharf station in 2019.

An Insulate Britain protester arrested for blocking the M25 is married to Benedict Plowden, a director of Transport for London in charge of public transport's Covid recovery plan

An Insulate Britain protester arrested for blocking the M25 is married to Benedict Plowden, a director of Transport for London in charge of public transport’s Covid recovery plan

The scheme has been called “extremely inappropriate,” The Sun reported.

A Cambridge Philosophy graduate, Ms Eastburn has become one of Britain’s most prolific climate activists.

She was arrested four times in nine days when protesters from the campaign group blocked London Orbital highway last week.

But even the sound therapist was surprised by the lack of police action. As she protested, she put up her out-of-office email: “If you’re reading this, it’s because I’ve been arrested and may be in custody.”

But Ms Eastburn was released without charge without being interviewed each time she was arrested.

Cathy Eastburn, 54, has vowed to 'unleash hell' on drivers even though her husband is public transport boss Benedict Plowden, 58

Cathy Eastburn, 54, has vowed to ‘unleash hell’ on drivers even though her husband is public transport boss Benedict Plowden, 58

She told the Sunday Times she thought her actions were “proportionate” as forcing drivers to sit in traffic for hours on end “is nothing like the kind of chaos that comes across the road – major flooding and major food shortages”.

Meanwhile, Plowden has been tasked with ‘getting London moving after the pandemic’, although last night it emerged that he would be leaving his post.

He has held a number of senior positions at TfL since joining in 2004, including Director of Borough Partnerships and Director of Strategy and Planning in Surface Transport.

Mr Plowden also has his own green credentials, described as a ‘leading environmentalist’. He founded climate group Living Streets that works to improve walking environments across the country.

Ms Eastburn is taken by police after her DLR stunt for Extinction Rebellion in 2019

Ms Eastburn is taken by police after her DLR stunt for Extinction Rebellion in 2019

Ms Eastburn was detained four times in nine days when protesters from the campaign group blocked the Orbital Motorway in London last week.  Pictured: Getting Arrested in 2019

Ms Eastburn was detained four times in nine days when protesters from the campaign group blocked the Orbital Motorway in London last week. Pictured: Getting Arrested in 2019

The £1.5million South London home he shares with Ms Eastburn is believed to have been used by activist David McKenny, 38, with whom Ms Eastburn vowed to ‘unleash hell’ on innocent drivers in the run-up to the COP26 next month’s climate summit.

Last night, the pair were shot at by Tory MP and Transport Committee member Greg Smith.

“Isulate Britain has caused untold misery for individuals and businesses in recent weeks,” he told The Sun.

“It is an absolute kick in the teeth that someone senior in TfL – an arm of the British state – has accommodated them in their home. This is unacceptable.’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who oversees TfL, has previously accused Insulate Britain of risking lives on busy roads.

“You are endangering your own life, you are endangering the lives of those on the M25,” he said previously.

“It could be people rushing to get to a hospital, it could be going to an appointment, and you’re putting their safety at risk by jumping in front of cars.”

The BBC Climate Editor’s sister is an Insulate Britain activist who is facing jail time

ThroughTom Bedford and Jacinta Taylor for the post on Sunday

The BBC’s climate editor’s sister is one of the activists causing chaos on Britain’s main roads.

Cordelia Rowlatt, Justin’s sister, is one of 113 Insulate Britain protesters named on a National Highways order that would allow courts to incarcerate repeat offenders.

The 54-year-old has been arrested twice for blocking roads and previously campaigned with Extinction Rebellion.

In a recent video, she said: “A few months ago I was in court and told that my right to protest against the lack of action on climate change was less important than people’s rights to go about their daily lives.” . such as drivers. That’s really crazy.’

Cordelia Rowlatt, Justin's sister, is one of 113 Insulate Britain protesters named on a National Highways order that would allow courts to incarcerate repeat offenders

Cordelia Rowlatt, Justin’s sister, is one of 113 Insulate Britain protesters named on a National Highways order that would allow courts to incarcerate repeat offenders

Cordelia, who runs a small farm in Frome, Somerset, was interviewed by her brother in 2006 as part of the BBC’s Ethical Man project, in which he spent a year trying to reduce his impact on the environment.

Another activist named on the order, Cathy Eastburn, a philosophy graduate from Cambridge University, is one of Britain’s most prolific protesters.

She’s had 12 arrests in three years, but still says, “I’m not a criminal.”

Well-connected Serena Schellenberg, a 60-year-old “freelance climate activist” is also named on the warrant.

She is the daughter of the late flamboyant businessman and socialite Keith Schellenberg, who controversially bought the Scottish island of Eigg in the 1970s.

Speaking of a previous arrest against Tatler magazine, she said, “I have the advantage of being a middle-aged white woman. It wouldn’t be so easy if I were black, and the other thing is that my character witnesses are equals of the realm.”

Retired Reverend Tim Hewes, also on warrant, has been arrested six times by three different police forces during the Insulate Britain protests.

The 71-year-old previously sewed his lips together during one protest and was sentenced to 14 days in prison for contempt of court after gluing himself to furniture and livestreaming the proceedings during a subsequent court hearing.

Rev Hewes remains an ordained cleric of the Church of England, despite his criminal activities.

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